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Bizzy bizzy… Coty Chypre review coming on Tuesday

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This is where I was yesterday afternoon (the district cross-country meet, photo courtesy L Kegley):

Ours is the smallest cross-country team in our very-competitive district (of the 15 all-state runners last year, 7 on the girls’ team were from our district, and 9 on the boys’ team were from our district). Front row, L-R: Anne-Kelly, Riley, Emily, Tori, Ella, and Bookworm. I don’t know all the boys on the team… will have to get Bookworm to tell me the four I can’t identify by name.

This is where I’ll be this afternoon (next-to-last band competition of the season): 

This is where I’ll be tomorrow afternoon, for The CEO’s birthday:

Birthday Cake Lit

See you on Monday for Scent Diary and Tuesday for the long-postponed Coty Chypre review.  Wishing everyone a terrific weekend!

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Stole this ’cause it was awesome.

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Currently being used as the cover photo for the Perfume Posse’s Facebook page.  I found it on Etsy and several other websites. 

(Look, I’m tellin’ ya, this thang ain’t mine.  It was first published in 1946, presumably copyrighted by Revlon.  I do not know whether the copyright still exists, because that might depend on whether the copyright was extended in 1974 or not yada yada legalese.  I’m aware that I’m on shaky legal/moral ground here, and if Revlon sends me an order to take its image off my darn website, well, then, I will.  It is my understanding that it’s possible for me to use this photo if I’m not making money off of my platform, and so far I’m not.)

I do find it interesting that Disney’s Cinderella was released in 1950 – after this came out, presumably.  Not that I’m suggesting anything by that.

Aaaaannnnyway.  It’s awesome.  I mean, LOOK at it: Precise eyebrows.  Pointy fingernails. Glitter pumpkin.  Hint of cleavage.  Diamond earrings and tiara.  I doubt I’d ever wear anything orange on my lips, much less my stubby wide fingernails, but STILL.

I want that glitter pumpkin.

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Scent Diary, October 8-14, 2012

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Having trouble loading photos, so I will come back later and try to add them.  There’s at least one of the birthday boy…

Monday, Oct. 8 – Boring around-the-house stuff, plus grocery shopping. I don’t even want to discuss it. SOTD: DSH Oeillets Rouges, which is really beautiful, the purest carnation scent I know of. The largish vintage Bellodgia sample that dear Shelley sent me comes close, and now I see how beautiful it used to be, but since it’s gone, Oeillets Rouges is IT if you want a carnation scent.

I can’t be the only person who loves carnations, can I? True, the ones you get from the florist these days do not smell like much, but it seems that the white ones still have that beautiful green-spicy-floral scent. They’re my birth month flower, and I’ve always liked them. Gaze was full of compliments when I picked him up from football practice today, pronouncing my perfume “very floral, but sort of like that spicy tea [chai] too.” Kid has a good nose.

Tuesday, Oct. 9 – SOTD: Dior Poison. Old Skool, a vintage 1oz bottle that I bought fer cheep on Teh Bay. This is the beast that stunk up a thousand college dorm rooms, and that I thought that I really hated – until I bought a sample or two and found that The CEO follows me around the house when I wear it. (The kids back away from me, for what that’s worth. Continue reading →

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…catching up, maybe.

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Look for two weeks’ worth of Scent Diary to be posted soon.  (I may be shopping for a new laptop soon, too.  Grrr.)

Also, a Sniff Report on our newly-renovated local department store.  (Yes, one local department store.  C’mon, I live in podunksville.)

Also, a review of Madame Rochas, and one of Dior Poison.  I’m still stuck on the review of vintage Coty Chypre, but that’s in the pipeline somewhere too.

My thanks for your patience.

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Posting delays. again.

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LAST week’s Scent Diary should be up sometime this afternoon.

I cannot find my review of Madame Rochas (An AldeHo Dishes) and will be having to rewrite it.

Went to the high school’s awards ceremony this morning.  Bookworm was one of the five students nominated for “Most Valuable” (which is an academic/school involvement/leadership/personification of good student values sort of honor), and I’m very very proud of her.  But I was gone all morning.

Gaze has a football game today…

… which I will be missing so that I can go to praise team practice at Cody’s house this evening, thereby skipping out on community chorus practice.

I’ve been writing – but not blog stuff.

Bad Mals.

Let’s just hope next week will be better.  Okay?

Okay, then.

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Perfume Reviews: Coty Muse and Les Muses

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“Lyre… a song… caressed by a note that is eternal, crystalline… unforgettable souvenir of an ideal inspiration. The birth of a grand perfume is an event.”

The Scene: I’m trolling eBay for “vintage Coty perfume,” like I do sometimes because I have a lech for old Cotys (hey, don’t JUDGE me, okay? they’re frequently cheap and often very good) and I run across this ad for Muse de Coty, and I’m thinking, “Ya kidding me, right?  An old Coty named Muse?  Well, I have to try that one.  HAVE to.”

So then I went looking for Muse de Coty… and went on looking, for a long time.  Nobody had any.  I checked the forums for information, and there was nothing.  No reviews.  Checked the blogs, and nobody had reviewed it.  (Well, Natalie at Another Perfume Blog mentioned running across it at an antiques shop along with vintage Chypre and some old Emeraude dusting powder, but no review as of yet.  And there’s a brief mention of it by Octavian at 1000Fragrances, but also no true review.)

And then somebody found his great-aunt’s cache of discontinued and rare perfumes, some of them unopened, and sold them on eBay: JACKPOT!!  The full bottle of Muse parfum de toilette, 2.0 oz., in box, became mine for the princely sum of $27, shipping included. Continue reading →

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School starts tomorrow!

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School buses in the fall

Yippee!  (Well, technically, only Taz starts school tomorrow – a day early because he’s starting a new school. Kindergarteners, sixth graders, and ninth graders start the day before everybody else goes back.)

But as of Wednesday, all my kids will be in school.  And The CEO’s classes start next Tuesday.

So look for last week’s Scent Diary to be posted Tuesday before noon, and since I missed posting my reviews of Coty Muse and Les Muses last week, I’ll put that up this week too as well as my review of Ines de la Fressange.

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Scent Diary, July 30 – August 5, 2012

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Sorry for delay!  Laptop was wonky.

Monday, July 30: Took the boys for their annual eye appointments. Gaze’s vision has changed only a little, but Taz’s has improved considerably. They both need new glasses, so we stopped by Wendy’s for fast food and then by Wal-Mart, which I’ve found to have a good/cheap eyeglass service (Consumer Reports agrees with me, by the way, if you want to look it up). Gaze ate a burger called Son of Baconator – I think it’s two patties, with bacon. No cheese, because he hates cheese – one of these days I’ll make sure to have his DNA checked, since both The CEO and I love cheese! – but extra bacon. Gaze loooooves bacon SOTD: Silences. Wonderful stuff. Gaze started Official Football Practices for the middle school team this evening… all 92 pounds of him, sigh. Because of the eye appointments, I missed helping with band camp today. Thunderstorms this evening.

Pirate deck at Club Earl

The marching band show this year is called “Mutiny!” and includes the Introit from Mozart’s Requiem, snippets of soundtrack from various “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, and other songs called “Swashbuckler” and “Water.”

Tuesday, July 24 – A little cooler today, which is good because we’ve got band camp the rest of the week. In the past, band camp has been “away,” either at a college campus or something like a church camp site, but for the past two years has been held at our high school, on the band practice field, for financial reasons. That is, we’re saving money for band trips rather than spending it on band camp housing and meals; the kids sleep at home, of course, and because of the lunch program through the school, lunch is provided. (When I was in marching band, eons ago, we always did band camp at our high school as well. However, instead of a nice grassy practice field, we marched ON THE ASPHALT PARKING LOT. In AUGUST. These kids don’t know how lucky they are – we only got onto actual grass for two hours on the very last day of band camp, after the football players went home.) Continue reading →

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Scent Diary posting later today

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This is Bookworm and a few of her band buddies at “Media Day” on Saturday.  It was the first time I’ve gotten to see her in her drum major uniform (SO PROUD)!  That’s Dakota, Peyton, Courtney, PETBoy and Bookworm from left to right; I can’t quite believe they’re all seniors now.  Sigh.

Scent Diary will be posted later today. 

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Mini-Reviews Roundup, July 20, 2012: Neil Morris scents

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The minor issue of how many times one wears a perfume before reviewing it came up in discussion elsewhere (if I could remember where I saw the discussion, I’d say so! Alas, my brain is sievelike lately.), so I thought I’d reiterate my usual modus operandi, which is Latin for M.O. 1

For full-fledged reviews, I always, always wear a scent a minimum of three times. For mini-reviews, one wearing is the norm, unless I feel that I didn’t really “catch” the spirit of thing. Sometimes I’ll attempt a mini-review and be baffled, and then wear the perfume enough that I think a full review is more appropriate, in which case I withhold the mini-review.

It’s Neil Morris Week! I have a handful of his scents to test, and to be honest,what this really tells me is that I need to test more of them. These are startlingly inventive and quirky and enjoyable, and I wish I lived in NYC so I could sniff more without ordering a sample of every single thing he’s created. Continue reading →

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